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Celebrating German-American Day

Detroit Free Press: "Today is German-American Day, and the president said so. It's also Get Organized Week, Eat Country Ham Month, Car Care Month and Dental Hygiene Month."

The German Embassy in Washington DC explains:
Since 1987, every U.S. president has proclaimed German-American Day on October 6 to recognize the substantial contributions that German immigrants have made to the United States. The day stands as both a celebration of German heritage and as a reminder of the pioneering people from Germany who sought a better life for themselves and their children in America, and in doing so, helped shape that life dramatically. (...) Nearly 43 million Americans - about 15% of respondents - listed German as their primary cultural heritage in 2000. 

Philadelphia celebrates this year's German-American Day with a Mayor's Reception, a "Bier- und Wurstfest", "German Colonial Cooking," "German Folksong Sing-a-long" and more. The organizers also quote Ronald Reagan, who proclaimed the first German-American Day:

Few people have blended so completely into the multicultural tapestry of American society and yet have made such singular economic, political, social, scientific, and cultural contributions to the growth and success of these United States as have Americans of German extraction.
Dear readers, are you partly of German descent? Are you celebrating today, in addition to getting organized, eating country ham and cleaning your car and teeth?

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elisabeth bathory on :

A couple of Jever with the LSU/FLA game. Beat up a Pole...

Mr. Bingley on :

My great-grandfather came to the US in 1888 from Germany. I'm not a big country ham fan, but I'll grill some sausages today and floss afterwards. My car will have to carry its dirt with pride...

CrankyYankee on :

I have a German surname, but have the blood of other nationalities mixed in. My German ancestors came to America some 250 years ago. I celebrated the day by going to the David's Medienkritik blog,listening to Art of the Fugue, and cooking Red Cabbage with Apples.

JKZeller on :

My great-grandfather was a Russian-German who fled the Czar's draft around 1880. He married another immigrant in NYC and settled near Ravenna, NY after declining to join brothers and cousins in North Dakota. His son, my grandfather, married a German-Brazilian woman. My mother's family has German ancestors who settled in Texas in the 1840's and then went to Missouri after the US Civil War. I am, however, not a German. I'm 100% American.

Joerg - Atlantic Review on :

Interesting. Thanks for sharing. "I am, however, not a German. I'm 100% American." Of course. BTW: Are Americans with Iris heritage the most likely of all ethnic groups to call themselves "Irish-American." Those with German ancestry are less likely to call themselves "German-Americans", I assume. Is it all a matter of the time of immigration?

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